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“Baer’s translations are eloquent, and his splendid Introduction is sensitive, thorough, and illuminating.”
–Burton Pike, professor emeritus of comparative literature at City University of New York


“An indispensable resource.”
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"You have to live life to the limit, not according to each day but by plumbing its depth."
-RAINER MARIA RILKE
In this treasury of uncommon wisdom and spiritual insight," the best writings and personal philosophies of one of the twentieth century's greatest poets, Rainer Maria Rilke, are gleaned by Ulrich Baer from thousands of pages of never-before translated correspondence.
The result is a profound vision of how the human drive to create and understand can guide us in every facet of life. Arranged by theme-from everyday existence with others to the exhilarations of love and the experience of loss, from dealing with adversity to the nature of inspiration, here are Rilke's thoughts on how to live life in a meaningful way:
"Life and Living: "How good life is. How fair, how incorruptible, how impossible to deceive: not even by strength, not even by willpower, and not even by courage. How everything remains what it is and has only this choice: to come true, or to exaggerate and push too far."
"Art: "The work of art is adjustment, balance, reassurance. It can be neither gloomy nor full of rosy hopes, for its essence consists of justice."
"Faith: "I personally feel a greater affinity to all those religions in which the middleman is less essential or almost entirely suppressed."
"Love: "To be loved means to be ablaze. To love is: to shine with inexhaustible oil. To be loved is to pass away; to love is to last."
Intimate, stylistically masterful, brilliantly translated, and brimming with the wonder and passion of Rilke, "The Poet's Guide to Life is comparable to the best works of wisdom in all of literature and a perfect book for all occasions.

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Product Details

  • Series: Modern Library Classics
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library; Reprint edition (April 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812969022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812969023
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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I am astonished that this wonderful book has not been widely reviewed by Rilke fans. Ulrich Baer is a superb translator and just as crucially he has a deep understanding of Rilke's intention and meaning - vital for opening a window to appreciating one of the greatest poets of the last century (Rilke died in 1926). It is Rilke's prose that is on show here - Baer has made his selection from many thousands of letters, and gathered countless insights that would otherwise be unavailable to English-language readers.
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my son need this book for school and the price reasonable Thanks it got here on time and he just loves it excellent condition
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Interesting prose on "LIFE" by noted German author....mostly OK, but not my subject material favorite
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A beautiful book delivered earlier than expected. Thank you.
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